Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad says service to humanity is a vital part of worship.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is pleased to announce that on 19 April 2017, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad laid the foundation stone for the first Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosque in the German university town of Marburg.
Around 160 guests attended the ceremony, including the Lord Mayor of Marburg, Dr. Thomas Spies and Soren Bartol, Member of the National Assembly. The keynote address was delivered by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, who explained Islamic teachings in relation to integration and building a harmonious society.
His Holiness began by thanking the guests and said their attendance at an Islamic religious function was “praiseworthy” and proved that they were“open minded and willing to listen to the beliefs of others”.
Speaking of the humanitarian efforts of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“Service to humanity is an obligation upon every human being. We must fulfil the needs of people regardless of their faith and we should seek to understand one another based upon the principles of humanity. According to the teachings of Islam, if a person fails to do this, then their worship is worthless.”
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:
“The Holy Quran clearly states that the prayers of those people who come to mosques to worship, whilst at the same time cause harm to others and fail to partake in charitable works, and who do not spread peace and love, will not be accepted by God Almighty. In fact, their worship will not only be in vain but will also be considered a sin.”
His Holiness said that amongst the various humanitarian projects of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, a key component were educational institutions which were providing education in some of the most deprived parts of the world.
At a time where it is often falsely alleged that Islam does not encourage girls to be educated, His Holiness said that Ahmadi Muslim girls and women were excelling their male counterparts in educational achievement.
His Holiness said that rather than restrict women, Islam considered the education of women to be of paramount importance to the well-being and progress of any nation.